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Postdoctoral Associate, Energy and Agricultural Land Use Analytics: SC Johnson College of Business, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Cornell University in New York City, New York
Date Posted 09/10/2021
Admin-Business And Financial Management
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Postdoctoral Associate, Energy and Agricultural Land Use Analytics: SC Johnson College of Business, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Cornell requires that all faculty and staff members, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status, and provide proof of vaccination if vaccinated, immediately upon hire.

The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Associate on Energy and Agricultural Land Use Analytics with a 1-year renewable term position in our Applied Economics and Policy area, intended for placement in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, with an intended start date of July 1, 2021. The position will be based in Ithaca, NY.

Responsibilities of the position include (1) conducting independent research in coordination with a dynamic interdisciplinary team, (2) collecting, curating, and linking large geospatial datasets on land use, wind and solar energy potential, electricity grid infrastructure and administrative parcel-level information, (3) conducting spatial modelling related to the optimal deployment of renewable energy production on a changing landscape, and (4) drafting manuscripts for submission to peer-review journals.

The Postdoctoral Associate’s research will be primarily supported by a grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that seeks to understand and characterize the land use transition from largely agricultural land use to renewable energy (e.g. solar and wind power) in NY state. This research will help inform critical stakeholders in the state regarding the feasibility and nature of the tradeoffs in achieving the mandates to make NY state carbon neutral by 2050.

The position allows a creative and self-motivated candidate to lead several research studies within the overall confines of the supporting grant. This means the candidate has the possibility to pursue economic, agri-environmental, or rural/urban planning aspects of the project depending on the candidate’s training and interests.

The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in geography, regional science, data science or related field, and should have a demonstrated ability to manipulate, combine and analyze large geospatial datasets of heterogeneous formats (raster, point and parcel-level polygon data). Training in large-scale optimization and other quantitative techniques, as well as a demonstrated interest in agricultural land use, renewable energy, quantitative urban planning, and data analytics are desirable.

The candidate should have a strong record conducting independent research and scholarly activities including publication in peer-reviewed journals and a commitment to transparent and reproducible research. Finally, the candidate should be comfortable interacting in an interdisciplinary environment working collaboratively with economists, agricultural ecologists, engineers, and hydrologists, and in communicating with stakeholders in NY state. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business (established on July 1, 2016) combines three Schools: the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Johnson), the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (Dyson), and the School of Hotel Administration (Hotel School). Dyson houses a top-ranked undergraduate business program as well as graduate programs that award Ph.D., M.S. and M.P.S. degrees. Areas of faculty research include management; environmental, energy and resource economics; food and agricultural economics; and international and development economics. Faculty members in the Dyson School frequently collaborate with colleagues in Computer and Information Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Natural Resources, and other units on campus.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, apply at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18635

For full consideration please ensure that your application is complete by May 31, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.  Applications received after May 31, 2021 will be reviewed if the position has not been filled.

The following materials are required:

  • Letter of interest articulating the background and interest as well as potential research ideas, with clear indication of position being applied for;
  • Curriculum vita;
  • Up to three research papers;
  • Three recommendation letters;
  • Statement on Contributions to Diversity;

Visit the below website for more information on our required statement on contributions to diversity:


Cornell University actively seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples with its Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium that assists with dual career searches.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

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For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting.

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.


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